Gholson gives casino update, council approves attorney
Casino issues dominated the Ridgecrest City Council meeting Wednesday. Timbisha Shoshone tribal chair George Gholson gave an update on the tribe’s casino project and the Ridgecrest City Council voted three to two to approve a special $750 an hour attorney to represent the city in their dealings with the tribe.
The casino may have a groundbreaking as soon as April 2018. The tribe is planning on using the Tribal Environmental Impact Report as their environmental process and a public workshop will be held April 13.
This is some of the information Gholson put out during his casino update presentation.
Gholson said the TEIR notice of preparation should go out today, which will be followed by a public comment period from April 6 to May 6. The public workshop will be held April 13 at City Council chambers at 6 p.m.
AES, the tribe’s environmental consultants will be on hand at the workshop to answer questions about the environmental process. The public is invited to attend. According to Gholson’s presentation, the description of impacts should be done around the end of April and the project description including location is part of the notice of preparation.